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The UK Immigration Points Based System

The UK Immigration Points Based System is a specific set of requirements for which applicants will be awarded points and then visas will be granted to those who gain enough points.

How to earn the points for UK visa? The Points-Based System awards points based on the following requirements:

· job occupations,

· salaries,

· ability to speak English

· educational attainment.

To apply for a Tier 2 general visa the applicant must meet the following mandatory criteria:

· They must have a job offer approved by a licensed sponsor.

· The job must be at the appropriate skill level. Nannies are eligible occupations at appropriate skill level.

· They must speak English at the required level (AS level or equivalent).

For a Tier 2 visa an applicant must score at least 70 points.

By meeting the mandatory criteria above an applicant will earn 50 points. They must obtain a further 20 ‘tradeable’ points through a combination of points for their salary, a job in a shortage occupation or a relevant PhD.

For example if an applicant is applying for a nanny job they will have to be paid the higher of the general salary threshold of £25,600 or the “going rate” for their particular job, and then they will get an extra 20 points.

How long you can stay:

You can come to the UK with a Tier 2 (General) visa for a maximum of 5 years and 14 days.

What you can also do:

· work for your sponsor in the job described in your certificate of sponsorship

· have a second job in certain circumstances

· do voluntary work

· study as long as it does not interfere with the job you’re sponsored for

· travel abroad and return to the UK

· bring family members with you

Can I Settle In The UK After Working In The UK?

After working continuously in the UK under Tier 2 visa, you may be eligible to apply for settlement in the UK after 5 years.

There will be final details announced for the Points-Based System later this year and we will also post an update then.

For more information please visit this website here.